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Beefy Back-to-School Lunch and Dinner Trends
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 09/27/2022

With school back in session, parents everywhere want to make sure their children have everything they need to succeed. This includes nutritious meals to help them perform at the top of their class and in extracurricular activities.

Pennsylvania Beef Council's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Beth Stark, RDN, LDN recently visited Good Day PA on ABC 27 in Harrisburg to recommend these meal trends to help busy parents save time and keep kids happy and fueled all school year long.

Bento Boxes -- Even the pickiest of eaters can find something they like with the variety delivered in a bento box. Known for their divided compartments, bento lunch boxes make prepping school lunches easy to pack and fun for kids to eat. Fill the different sized compartments with different sides like colorful fruits and vegetables to accompany a kid-friendly lunch like these English Muffin Cheeseburger Pizzas.

Handheld Items -- Back to school often means being on-the-go, so anything you can hold in one hand, like these Saucy Beef Wraps, makes for a great lunch and quick cleanup. As an added bonus, this is the perfect way to use leftovers from the night before to stretch your budget and save time.

Strength for Sports and Extracurriculars -- For many, the day is only halfway done once school is out and after-school activities can require a lot of fuel. Beef Jerky Trail Mix supplies a boost of energy to power students in between meals. Equally important, it can be made in advance with your pre-packaged trail mix, or feel free to DIY with your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Parents are sure to love it too.

Cook Once, Eat Twice -- Back to school time can be expensive, but dinner doesn't have to be. Recipes like this larger-batch One Pot Lasagna Pasta give you so many options. Using ground beef and getting creative with ingredients you might already have in your fridge or pantry like pasta, jarred marinara sauce, veggies and cheese is the perfect way to get dinner on the table quickly not just once, twice with leftovers or planned-overs.

To keep the inspiration going, you can find more beefy recipes on https://pabeef.org/


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